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The New Constructivist is about pursuing ethical or meaningful work and the craft of making new things in complicated, uncertain times. In covering big ideas and real-world tactics, we share new ways of looking at work, how we spend our time, and how we make and spend money. Each month we talk to someone from a variety of fields doing innovative work. Topics include modern workplaces, ethics in tech, cities + local economies, craft + trades, healthy + sustainable food systems, consumer + lifestyle habits, education + training, organizing for change, and economic + organizational systems.

Latest Episodes

Karen Maezen Miller: Finding a Life (E3)

What happens to your career when you start to make a stronger commitment to your values?How does a spiritual practice manifest in how you approach work or the professionalchoices you make? What does Buddhist practice look like in modern-day America?This and more comes upinepisode 3 with Karen Maezen Miller (dharma name: Maezen), a Zen Buddhist priest and writer. Maezen used to run her own successful PR business in Texas. She had a nice house, a nice car, and led a life dedicated to her self-image. She now writes about Zen and everyday life, cares for her family,tends to an old Japanese garden in Sierra Madre, and travels around the country teaching others how to sit zazen. She describes the details of such a drastic change that wasn't so much a conscious choice or a force of will - but gradually letting go of the unsustainable, seeing things as they are, dealing with what comes up, and sometimes just coasting.

68 MIN2018 NOV 17
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Karen Maezen Miller: Finding a Life (E3)

Vyki Englert: Constructing Civic Services (E2)

For episode 2 we hear fromVyki Englert,a data strategist andproduct manager working in Civic Tech. Civic Tech at the most basic levelis about buildingtechnology forgovernment - two worlds with a lot tofeel pessimisticabout lately. However, Vyki goes into the unique spirit of the space in whichpeople are trying to bring out the best in both to serve those most in need.Vyki talks about the realities of those working in, with, or for government. She urges us not to think of government as an "other" but part of a common community. She discusses why civic work cannot always be run with the same efficiencies as for-profit startups but also offers innovative ways to streamline civicprocesses, notably with her Policy Club project.From theZuckerberg hearings to creepy headlines about thelatest AI software, one starts to wonder if there are people who canunderstand code AND its social ramifications. Vyki is one of thosewho gets it and isbuilding better tech that truly has"service" in mind.

45 MIN2018 JUL 9
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Vyki Englert: Constructing Civic Services (E2)

The Rational Dress Society: Constructing Clothing (E1)

For the very firstepisode, we hear from artist Maura Brewer &fashion designer Abigail Glaum Lathbury, collectively known as the Rational Dress Society. TheydiscussJumpsuit, theirclothing production line that addresses thebiggest ethical dilemmas in fashion and demonstrate that alternatives are possible. As "the open-source monogarment for everyday wearto replace all clothes in perpetuity", it is made entirely in the U.S. in248 sizes and available for purchase or as an open sourcepattern to sew yourself.They also speak frankly about how they sustain themselves and their work andfinish by discussing their offshootMake America Rational Againproject and the current state of textile recycling. Aside from an in-depth explanation and critique of how fashion works, they talk aboutchallenges common for small businesses and how they straddle the worlds of art, academia and business -the nexus from which new structures cancome.

59 MIN2018 MAY 15
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The Rational Dress Society: Constructing Clothing (E1)

Introducing The New Constructivist

4 MIN2018 APR 18
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Introducing The New Constructivist
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Latest Episodes

Karen Maezen Miller: Finding a Life (E3)

What happens to your career when you start to make a stronger commitment to your values?How does a spiritual practice manifest in how you approach work or the professionalchoices you make? What does Buddhist practice look like in modern-day America?This and more comes upinepisode 3 with Karen Maezen Miller (dharma name: Maezen), a Zen Buddhist priest and writer. Maezen used to run her own successful PR business in Texas. She had a nice house, a nice car, and led a life dedicated to her self-image. She now writes about Zen and everyday life, cares for her family,tends to an old Japanese garden in Sierra Madre, and travels around the country teaching others how to sit zazen. She describes the details of such a drastic change that wasn't so much a conscious choice or a force of will - but gradually letting go of the unsustainable, seeing things as they are, dealing with what comes up, and sometimes just coasting.

68 MIN2018 NOV 17
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Karen Maezen Miller: Finding a Life (E3)

Vyki Englert: Constructing Civic Services (E2)

For episode 2 we hear fromVyki Englert,a data strategist andproduct manager working in Civic Tech. Civic Tech at the most basic levelis about buildingtechnology forgovernment - two worlds with a lot tofeel pessimisticabout lately. However, Vyki goes into the unique spirit of the space in whichpeople are trying to bring out the best in both to serve those most in need.Vyki talks about the realities of those working in, with, or for government. She urges us not to think of government as an "other" but part of a common community. She discusses why civic work cannot always be run with the same efficiencies as for-profit startups but also offers innovative ways to streamline civicprocesses, notably with her Policy Club project.From theZuckerberg hearings to creepy headlines about thelatest AI software, one starts to wonder if there are people who canunderstand code AND its social ramifications. Vyki is one of thosewho gets it and isbuilding better tech that truly has"service" in mind.

45 MIN2018 JUL 9
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Vyki Englert: Constructing Civic Services (E2)

The Rational Dress Society: Constructing Clothing (E1)

For the very firstepisode, we hear from artist Maura Brewer &fashion designer Abigail Glaum Lathbury, collectively known as the Rational Dress Society. TheydiscussJumpsuit, theirclothing production line that addresses thebiggest ethical dilemmas in fashion and demonstrate that alternatives are possible. As "the open-source monogarment for everyday wearto replace all clothes in perpetuity", it is made entirely in the U.S. in248 sizes and available for purchase or as an open sourcepattern to sew yourself.They also speak frankly about how they sustain themselves and their work andfinish by discussing their offshootMake America Rational Againproject and the current state of textile recycling. Aside from an in-depth explanation and critique of how fashion works, they talk aboutchallenges common for small businesses and how they straddle the worlds of art, academia and business -the nexus from which new structures cancome.

59 MIN2018 MAY 15
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The Rational Dress Society: Constructing Clothing (E1)

Introducing The New Constructivist

4 MIN2018 APR 18
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Introducing The New Constructivist
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